A 54-Year-Old Mike Tyson Explains Why Boxing Is a ‘Brutal’ Sport

Published 05/27/2021, 6:30 PM EDT
Mike Tyson (Photo by Aaron Rapoport/Corbis via Getty Images)


Mike Tyson is one of the scariest boxers the world has ever seen. The former heavyweight champion of the world has had incredible success in the ring, as well as his fair share of controversies outside the ring. And now, ‘Iron Mike’ has explained why boxing is such a brutal sport.

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Tyson has been in the headlines for the past few months. This is largely down to his comeback to the sport, but also because of his podcast. While he has welcomed several high-profile guests, he has also received heaps of criticism.

ATLANTIC CITY, NJ – JULY 21: Mike Tyson and Don King celebrates after Tyson defeated Carl Williams for the WBA, WBC and IBF heavyweight tittles on July 21, 1989 at the Convention Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Tyson won the fight with a knock out in the first round. (Photo by Focus on Sport/Getty Images)

The 50-6 boxer now welcomed former world champion Mikey Garcia and Henry Cejudo on the latest episode of ‘Hotboxin with Mike Tyson.’ The trio spoke about how brutal boxing can be. And ‘Iron Mike’ gave his explanation for the unforgiving nature of boxing.

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This is it. Because, the lowest of the lowest, you know, I’m not saying character, but the bottom of the barrel, fight. Who’s going to fight? Who’s going to do that career, really? If you can go to school, you think you’re to go get punched in the face every day?” said Tyson.

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Mike Tyson and his experience in boxing

The comments from the heavyweight champion explained why boxers often find themselves in trouble. Tyson revealed that most boxers come from troublesome areas with difficult upbringings, and thus, trouble is never far for them. Moreover, his comments also showed that he believes only the desperate are ready to box.

‘The Baddest Man on the Planet’ is talking from his own experience. Tyson grew up in the rough neighborhoods of Brooklyn, and boxing was his escape. He picked up the sport at a very early age and therefore avoided getting into trouble. However, trouble was never far away from the world champion.

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LAS VEGAS, NV – AUGUST 08: Former heavyweight boxer Mike Tyson speaks during the third annual Nevada Boxing Hall of Fame induction gala at Caesars Palace on August 8, 2015 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)

After his success, Tyson found himself in many controversies and even spent time in jail. Thus, he knows what he’s talking about when he says boxing is a ‘Hardman’s sport.’ And that only the desperate are ready to risk it all to make a career in such a sport.

What do you make of these comments from Mike Tyson? Do you think he’s right in saying only the bottom of the barrel gets into fighting?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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